An Experiment With Time

John William Dunne, aeronautics engineer, soldier, philosopher, and fly-fishing lover, wrote An Experiment With Time in 1927. In Dunne’s work, the past and future, premonitory dreams and dreams that reference neither reminiscence nor anticipation coexist. Daniele Ghisi, the young Italian composer and mathematician, boards this curious time-dilating machine. How can we escape from the idea, or the illusion, of an irreversible temporal flow? Through aliases projected on screens and electronic databases, this installation accommodates several different series—a day, a year, a life—each considered as a polyrhythm.

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An Experiment With Time © Daniele Ghisi

An Experiment With Time © Daniele Ghisi

Sound and Video Installation Daniele Ghisi
Inspired by the Eponymous Book by John W. Dunne
Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and the Divertimento ensemble Premiere

Storyline & Script Daniele Ghisi, Luigi Acerbi, Paolo Puggioni
Script Assistant Maryam Babaei
Video Assistant Luca Morino
Graphic Advisor Davide Bordogna
The Experiment cards are drawn by Luca Nava
Photo credits Miroslav Barták, From Old Books, Karl Jahnke
Copies of the Illustrated London News shoLondon News/Mary Evans Picture Library
Audio credits Tebblofang, empraetorius, HollowRiku, lucaslara, nebulousflynn, exterminat, Omar Alvarado, RutgerMuller, Runey, SunnySideSound
Additional thanks to Mattia Bergomi, Sylvain Cadars, Aaron Einbond, Carla Felotti, Maria Giulia Ganassini, Boris Labbé, Virgilio Maffeis and family, Yann Philippe, Andrea Rota, Christopher Trapani, Paul Slocum et Vincenzo Picariello

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou production. Maison de la Poésie corealisation. With the support of the Sacem and the ULYSSES network. This project was funded through the support of the European Commission.